We´ve all been there! December has arrived and the silly season is upon us where everyone goes crazy partying, drinking and binging, so if weight loss is going to be your New Year´s resolution, wouldn´t it be nice to lose weight before January 1st? Think about it for a second! Just imagine losing a few kilos and feeling fitter, lighter, leaner, more energized and vibrant before Xmas. Imagine feeling a sigh of relief on the 31st December knowing that you have already achieved your NY Resolution or at least a part of it. So I hear you asking yourself, yes that´s easy to say but what about all the parties and festivities that are coming up? Yes, you are right but stick with me on this one. You can´t cancel going to the events and drinking water all night at a party when you enjoy a drink is no fun at all and I can relate to that because I love a glass of wine or two as well! So hang in there, all is not lost, let me provide you with my top 5 weight loss tips to handle the upcoming silly season.
The first thing to do is to make a decision and focus on your weight loss goal. Making the decision to do it and sticking to it is the most important part of losing weight. Visualize yourself on the 31st Dec and imagine how you will be feeling. If you find yourself slipping into excuses and having excessive mind-talk about why not to do it, remind yourself about the benefits and the feeling of achievement you will have.
Now, this is a touchy subject in the silly season but it´s important because alcohol is what puts on the pounds!. Alcohol has a lot of calories and mainly empty calories which have no nutritional value. However, it doesn´t mean that you should go without it, it just means balancing it out. So if you have 2-3 events per week make sure that you don´t drink in the evenings when you are at home or not attending an event. Make a compromise and tell yourself that drinking is ok when attending the parties.
During the events try and pace your drinking and drink more slowly and alternate one alcoholic drink for one glass of water. Drinking more water will fill you up and also helps to dilute the alcohol and helps the body to transport it out of the system. Don´t forget that alcohol, is a toxin and the bodies job is to recognize it, metabolize it and get rid of it asap that´s why water is so important. And another important point to bear in mind when losing weight is that the alcohol consumed will be burned first before the body burns any fat. Food for thought!
Intermittent Fasting is all the craze these days and done by so many celebrities. I´m a huge fan of this. It´s an eating regime that switches between a fed state which is eating and a fasting state. There are different variations but the most common is to eat within an 8-10 hour time period. It can help you to lose weight naturally and safely, by turning up your fat-burning furnace and burning fat even when you sleep!
If your parties take place in the evening, try and shift your eating window to later in the day. Eg skip breakfast and start eating around 1 pm. If you have lunch parties, you may have the possibility to skip your evening meal. Having a good 16 hours of fasting and just drinking water, or herbal tea will help your body and may assist in weight loss. One important thing, if you are drinking alcohol when doing intermittent fasting, make sure you have substantial foods in your stomach before you go for alcoholic drinks because when I did Intermittent Fasting, I found that alcohol went through my system much quicker and even 1 glass of wine had me giggling.
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Exercise will keep your calorie-burning furnace powered up so make sure to incorporate some kind of cardio exercises like power walking or jogging. The silly season adds lots of additional calories to the diet, so it´s important to keep the body moving and keep that calorie-burning furnace fired up. In addition, exercise will also help the body get rid of toxins.
Partys and dinners are normally full of unhealthy processed foods and as I always say – everything in balance, it´s ok to eat these foods in the silly season but I would suggest introducing mega healthy days in between, which consist of eating lots of fruits and veggies, having low carb foods, and eliminating processed foods on the non-festive days. And remember to skip the alcohol on these days.. I have power shake every day even on party days as I know this fuels my body with the necessary nutrients and vitamins I need. You can see details of the Power-shake and healthy foods that I consume on my website:
So there you have it! Let me know how you get on with your weight loss regime throughout the silly season. I wish you lots of fun and all the very best for the festive season.
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